Zdeno Chara logged a game-high 29:05 of ice time and Tim Thomas continued his impressive stretch as the Bruins picked up their third straight win on Tuesday night, defeating the Capitals, 3-1, in Washington, D.C.

 

David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Matt Hunwick contributed the goals for the Bruins, the first two of which came in the first period, with Hunwick’s coming at 2:08 of the third. Both Krecji and Hunwick’s tallies were their first of the season, and Lucic picked up his third goal in the last three games.

While the rest of his teammates were in the nation's capital getting ready for Tuesday's tilt with the Capitals, Bruins center Marc Savard took the ice at Ristuccia Area as he continued his rehab from post-concussion syndrome related symptoms and depression.

 

Savard, who suffered a Grade 2 concussion from a Matt Cooke hit last March 7, spoke with ESPN's Joe McDonald following the 25-minute skate, saying that he has gone from 15 minute sessions to 20 minute sessions on the ice, to Tuesday's 25.

 

Tim Thomas was reportedly the first off the ice at the Bruins' morning skate at the Verizon Center in the nation's capital, meaning he is the likely starter between the pipes for the Bruins as they play the first of two games with the Capitals this week. Thomas is 10-4-2 in his career against the Capitals and upon hearing the stats on Monday joked that they should give him some confidence against the likes of Alexander Ovechkin.

 

It appears that Marc Savard can start down the road of getting into playing shape for this season, as Peter Chiarelli recently told Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe that the center has passed the exertion test that he failed on the first day of training camp back on September 17.

 

Savard has been dealing with post-concussion syndrome symptoms since late in the summer, when the effects of the March 7 Matt Cooke hit prevented him from continuing his training.

 

WILMINGTON — Tim Thomas has come out strong out of the gate this season, as the Bruins netminder has saved 60 of 61 shots faced through two games, both of which were victories. The 36-year-old has plenty of reasons to feel confident after offseason hip surgery that has given him the clean bill of health a season ago, when he followed up a Vezina season with a campaign that saw Tuukka Rask emerge as the team's No. 1 goalie down the stretch and in the playoffs. 

 

In two games last weekend, the Bruins were just about as Jekyll and Hyde as it gets.



For the second straight game, it took until the second period for the Bruins to come alive offensively, but once they did, it was substantial enough to seal a victory. The B’s responded to a 1-0 Devils lead with four unanswered goals — one from each line — in the second off Martin Brodeur and hung on for a 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center.

 

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Saturday that Tim Thomas, who is coming off a shutout in his season debut last Sunday, will be the starting goaltender when the Bruins take on the Devils on Saturday night.

 

Thomas, 36, made 29 saves against the Coyotes in the 3-0 victory in Prague, his 18th career shutout. Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, allowed four goals in the team’s season-opening 5-2 loss.

 

WILMINGTON -- A season after finishing with the 23rd power play in the NHL, the Bruins have been able to convert just one of their first eight power plays on the season, good for 19th so far on the young season. The team had the third-best penalty kill in the league in 2009-10, but allowing a power play goal on one of three opportunities the Coyotes had places them 28th in the league in the category. Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about special teams on Friday and preached patience. 

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin had an interesting take when asked Thursday how he felt about facing a future Hall of Fame goaltender in Devils' netminder Martin Brodeur. Seguin, 18, noted that though he is a younger player who grew up watching many of the players still in the league, getting anxious to face certain players is not the right way to look at things.